Life goes by so fast, and it’s this time of year, as Christmas approaches, where we all tend to ponder our existence and our effect on those around us. It’s a charitable period, one where you really can give something back to the community and the world. Here are a few ideas to get you started.
#1: Make A Shoebox
It doesn’t take you too long, and it can be a really great gift for someone who doesn’t get much. Guidance can be found here, and you can choose whether you want to make one up for a girl or boy, and even what age. They’re great to get your kids involved with and a terrific way to give something back to the world and ensure a child somewhere else can enjoy Christmas.
#2: Consider A Career Change
Changing careers isn’t something to be taken lightly and there many important aspects to consider. However, if you feel like you’ve had enough of the daily grind and fancy working in a position that helps those around you and your wider community then perhaps it’s time you moved into the non-profit. There are some great companies out there willing to help you, you can find one here.
#3: Help Out With A Youth Sports Team
You can help coach or support a local team. Sports teams are great for children, it keeps them active and stops them getting into trouble. If you don’t fancy getting directly involved you can help sponsor one, so they have enough funds for kit and gear.
#4: Start A Youth Mentorship Programme
There are youths out there who could really do with some good advice. Whether they need some help with school projects or just someone to sound out some problems with, it can be really rewarding. Mentoring, at its core, guarantees young people that there is someone who cares about them, assures them they are not alone in dealing with day-to-day challenges, and makes them feel like they matter. There are some great mentoring resources to get you started too.
#5: Consider Your Skills And Offer Them Where Needed
As a teacher, you could help out with children who need specific help, or as a builder, you could help out with a volunteer project or help fix up a house for a family with low income. You get the idea, sometimes all it takes is a few minutes of thinking and you’ll think how your skills are specifically suited to helping those around you.
#6: Help Out The Homeless
There’s a certain stigma attached to the homeless, but some of them really need your help. You could donate blankets, sleeping bags and other items to help keep them warm or pick some gifts to give them some cheer over Christmas. If you wanted to get more hands on you could help out at a soup kitchen, serving the homeless is rewarding and you can hear some great humbling stories.
Giving back to the community is a lovely thing to do, especially over the Christmas months, and you’ll find if you offer your services your friends and family will follow suit.